The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has extended its diaspora enrolment programme to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Kingdom (UK).
Announcing the extension plan in Abuja recently, the Commission’s Director General and CEO, Aliyu Aziz, said: “The extension is in line with NIMC’s mandate to ensure that all Nigerian citizens in Nigeria and the diaspora and legal residents in Nigeria are enrolled into the National Identity Database and issued the unique National Identification Number (NIN) to applicants upon successful enrolment.”
The NIN enrolment in UAE and the UK is in collaboration with the Defcon Systems Limited (DSL) and the National eAuthentication Limited (NeAL), which are Nigerian companies licensed by the NIMC to serve as its agents, to carry out enrolment services across the globe with a view to ensuring best-in-class services and inclusivity.
The exercise would involve the demographic and biometrics data capture of all Nigerian citizens residing in the two countries.
The programme is slated to begin this week in both UAE and UK. While the UAE programme is scheduled to hold at the Online Integrated Solutions DMCC office, 22nd Floor, Silver Tower, cluster I Jumeirah Lake Towers Dubai, UAE, the UK programme will take off at the Online Integrated Solutions offices at OIS services, 56/57 Fleet street London EC4Y IJU, UK; and OIS Services, St. Georges House, 6 St Georges Way, Leicester LE1 1SH, UK.
Aziz, further reiterated that the programme would make it easier for Nigerians in diaspora to be identified as the Federal Government of Nigeria has made the possession of NIN a mandatory requirement for elections, bank account opening, land transactions, access to legal/health services, acquisition/renewal of the International Passport, Driver’s License and the ECOWAS travel document, among others.
He added that the rollout of additional locations in other cities across the globe where Nigerians reside would be concluded and announced in due course.
The Nigerian companies that are licensed to work with their respective partners across all countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and America to carry out the enrolment of Nigerian adults and children in the diaspora into the National Identity Database (NIDB), are Biosec Solutions Limited, CHAMS Consortium Limited, Defcon Systems Limited, National eAuthentication Limited, Thebez Global Resources and Venn Technology Limited.